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Midlothian man charged with DUI in deadly I-95 semi crash

Posted at 10:41 PM, Mar 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-02 07:47:34-05

HANOVER COUNTY, Va. -- A Midlothian man has been charged with DUI in a crash that killed a tractor-trailer driver early Saturday morning on Interstate 95 in Hanover County.

Troopers were called to a two-vehicle crash with a confirmed fatality on I-95 not far from the Sliding Hill Road exit just after 3:40 a.m.

The crash closed all lanes of I-95 north, near mile marker 87 and Sliding Hill Road in Hanover County, were shutdown Saturday morning as police investigated a fatal crash.

"A 1999 Jeep Cherokee driven Richard K. Edwards, Jr., 37, of Midlothian, was traveling southbound I-95 when he veered across the median striking a tractor trailer in the northbound lanes of I-95," a Virginia State Police spokesperson said citing the preliminary investigation. "The adult male driver of the tractor trailer lost control striking the guardrail and overturned. The tractor lost its load of boxed vegetables and has a diesel leak due to the damage."

Troopers said the driver of the semi, 53-year-old Silvio Alberto Ponjuan Reyes, of the 5000 block of NW 1 Avenue in Miami, Florida, died at the scene.

Edwards was transported to an area hospital with minor injuries.

"An adult male passenger in the jeep was transported to the hospital for treatment of serious injuries," troopers said.

Edwards was charged with driving under the influence of alcohol, according to state police officials.

The crash remains under investigation with the assistance of the Virginia State Police Crash Reconstruction Team.

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